Breaking the Law of Averages

Thanks to a heads up from pal Mike at Progressive Ruin, I’m now aware of The Film Crew, a series of Mystery Science Theater-like commented films from, well, the folks from Mystery Science Theater. One available, three more on the way.
So I head over to Netflix, and they do indeed have the first one available, both for DVD shipping and for online streaming to Windows machines (which means borrowing the wife’s laptop, but it’s a handy option to have at the odd hour when there’s nothing else to watch.)
And they have three more which can be “saved”, not available yet but presumed to be coming at some unspecified time in the future. And these already have user ratings; Amazon lets users rate their movies as one, two, three, four, or five stars. And then I saw this entry:
Film Crew listing
So excuse me, but how can 1 person’s integer vote average 3.1? (And before you Flixheads point out that Netflix has a system of skewing averages to try to predict how I will like something: that’s true. But this isn’t one of those skewed averages.)

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Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

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